My dream Chilean adventure

I haven't been to #Chile, but I'm dreaming of going. Here's my day by day itinerary - including a couple of side trips to #Bolivia and #Argentina. From the Atacama desert to the icy southernmost tip of South America - feedback welcome!
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Day 8 – San Pedro de Atacama – Bolivia side trip.  It’s a Chilean adventure, yes, but I can’t resist the idea of visiting the Bolivian salt flats. So another early start on the way to Bolivia in a 4x4. First stop is Laguna Verde, an emerald colour, and Laguna Blanca (yes, you guessed it – white coloured!). Then passing the Volcan Licancabur and the Dali desert, with its intricate rock formations. Finishing the day at Laguna Colorada, with its deep red sediment, home to all types of…

Travel Inspiration for Bolivia - It is testament to the allure of flamingos that over people a year now sojourn to the remote Laguna Colorado in southern Bolivia to see these magical birds.

Day 23 – a side trip to the end of the world… Punta Arenas – Ushuaia. Another sidetrip out from my Chilean adventure today – this time to Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world in the Tierra del Fuego – how could I resist that? However, to get there an 11 hour bus journey is required, so time to catch up on my beauty sleep.

Ushuaia, Argentina - Southernmost City in The World. Sign Says "Fin Del Mundo" End of The World

Day 12 – Santiago - Puerto Montt, Patagonia. After spending the morning in Santiago, I’d take a flight to Puerto Montt, in Chilean Patagonia. In the afternoon, I’d have a walk along the beachfront and take it easy after such a long day of travelling the day before. Hopefully seeing a llama like this one waiting to cross the road!

The Big Picture photography competition: round 191

Observing the Highway Code - a llama waits to cross in Puerto Montt, Chile

Day 5 – San Pedro de Atacama’s night sky. The other reason I want to visit San Pedro de Atacama? The stars. Being at such a high altitude, with virtually no light pollution, the stars shine so brightly here that you can see countless shooting stars. Every night unless it’s the 6 days around the Full Moon, tours run in the desert to go stargazing – but it gets pretty cold in the desert, so I need to remember to bring warm clothes with me.

A view of the Milky Way toward the constellation Sagittarius (including the Galactic Center) as seen from an area not polluted by light (the Black Rock Desert, Nevada). The bright object on the right is Jupiter, just above Antares.

Day 21 – Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales. After waking up early to see Las Torres at sunrise, I’d trek back to the park entrance and take the bus back to Puerto Natales this morning – no doubt exhausted!

Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile, by Joel Santos. The Cordillera del Paine is a small mountain group in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia.

Day 1 – Arrive into Santiago, Chile. First stop – taking the funicular up Cerro San Cristóbal and admiring the view – and memorising the different areas of Santiago. If I’m feeling energetic, then hiking back down to stretch my legs after that long plane ride.

Cerro San Cristóbal – Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago - Santiago Tourist